Updated: 01/01/2014 8:46 AM
Created: 01/01/2014 8:15 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
The Buffalo Sabres are making plans to draft a new group of fans, beginning with the first babies born in the New Year.
Sabres President Ted Black will be at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo on Wednesday to continue the NHL team's "Buffalo Baby" initiative developed last year.
Throughout 2014, all newborns at two hospitals will receive a Buffalo Sabres baby blanket and a "future first-round pick" certificate from Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
Black says the program with Kaleida Health is a way to welcome the newest members of the community and start them on the road to becoming lifelong fans.
Last year, the team gave out 7,000 blankets.